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How Long Will Woody Barrett Wait For His Shot?

By on May 3rd, 2017 in Football, News 16 Comments »

photo: Shanna Lockwood/USA TODAY Sports

Fans were excited when he committed to Auburn. He came to the Plains as a dual-threat quarterback with a strong arm. Some even compared his style of play to Cam Newton. After all Woody Barrett had the size (6’-2”, 240 lbs) and the stats to draw that kind of attention. He certainly fits the quarterback model that has worked best in the Gus Malzahn type offense.

While in high school in Winter Garden, Florida he threw for 2,018 yards and 20 touchdowns and ran for 1,413 yards and 23 TD’s while leading his team to the Florida Class 8A state semifinals. In addition to lettering in three sports, he was Class 8A All-State Quarterback, a Mr. Football finalist, Academy Athlete of the Year , the Florida Dairy Farmers 8A Player of the Year, a top-10 QB prospect by 247 Sports and ESPN, Rivals top 40 in Florida, PrepStar 350, and played in the Under Armour All-America Game.

He missed spring camp his first season, arriving on campus in the summer before the 2016 season. That put him behind presumed starter Sean White and backup Jeremy Johnson. With JUCO transfer John Franklin III added to the mix, offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee decided to redshirt the talented freshman.

However when White went down with an injury and neither Johnson nor Franklin could move the ball against a suspect Georgia defense, many, including this writer, were puzzled that Barrett didn’t get an opportunity to see what he could do. To put him in the game would have meant burning his redshirt for a couple of first downs, but it could also have meant a probable victory in the south’s oldest rivalry game. It didn’t happen, so we will never know.

But one thing we do know is he has one of the most important traits for a quarterback—confidence in his ability. Running back Kerryon Johnson spoke to that during spring practice, “Woody literally believes he will score every play. To a point, that’s what you got to love. I’m no quarterbacks coach, but I think he has one of the strongest arms in the group. He’s got a cannon. He believes in his arm. He believes he can make those type throws. He’s done that here and there. I think he’s got a good chance to be very good.”

Since fans read those kind of testimonials to Barrett’s ability, many were looking forward to watching him on A-Day. However, he only got six reps in the first half and none in the second. It was understandable that Jarrett Stidham and Malik Willis would get most of the attention, but only six reps with Sean White still recovering from injury? Could this be the handwriting on the wall for Woody Barrett?

I heard new offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey, speaking at the West Georgia Auburn Club Tuesday evening, respond to why Barrett didn’t see the field more on A-Day. “I wanted to see Malik get some reps,” said Lindsey. “Woody got a few reps in the first half, and in the second half Jarrett was out, and I wanted to make sure Malik got a lot of reps.”

That can’t sound too reassuring for Barrett especially with a healthy Sean White returning to the competition this fall.

There’s still summer camp coming on but at present Woody looks like the number-4 quarterback. You have to wonder if a four-star recruit with his type of résumé will be willing to sit buried on the depth chart for another year, or two, or … three?


  1. ausouthal says:

    You go from a year of only one quality qb that seems to be bit by the injury bug to a year when maybe you have too many. Coaching and keeping kids happy has to be a tough job. I would not think Barrett would sit past next year. I really figure he will transfer.

  2. neonbets says:

    Think about ‘confidence’ for a moment. Confidence has to be justified. Strip away the justification, and you’re left with something else…something along the lines of hubris or arrogance. At a base level, confidence tends to be a memory. It’s the memory of competence that forms the justification which forms ‘confidence’.

    I’ve read the teammate accounts of Barret’s hyper-confidence. The kid had great success in high school, so he’s not delusional; but perhaps he’s a bit arrogant.
    I’ll feel better about his prospects when I read teammates praising him for his dogged determination borne from the humble recognition that confidence is earned, not declared.

  3. uglyjoe says:

    My biggest regret with this is if he transfers, we lose the potential to have a starting quarterback with the name “Woody”. However, I still have money on Sean White transferring before next season, so be patient Woody.

    • jbellison56 says:

      White will be hurt if he's moved to No.2 but I don't see him leaving. I think he'll do what his good friend and roommate Jeremy Johnson did – be a good team player.

  4. Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

    I'm a member of the West Ga. Auburn Club too and was sorry I couldn't make the meeting last night. Really wanted to hear Lindsey speak in person.

    Too many options at QB is a good problem to have. I agree with AUsouthal above and look for Barrett to transfer, but I hope he stays. You never know what is going to happen ie. Jeremy Johnson bust and Sean White injuries.

    • AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

      I looked for you PMT. Must have had to work?
      Good point on the possible QB attrition. But hopefully Stidham is the real deal and this year we’ll keep them all healthy.

  5. WarSamEagle WarSamEagle says:

    Barrett revealed his feelings about not getting his chance after the Georgia game when he tweeted:

    "Preparation is key, I've been Patient enough. Now it's my time. Blessings, and faith #1 #InWoodyBWeTrust"

    He won’t stay in a backup role.

  6. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..When Woody was in the game, his O-line was getting slaughtered up front, AND the defense was sending the house after him. I can’t really judge much beyond that, on A-Day.

  7. Zach Taylor Zach Taylor says:

    Not being an early enrollee really really hurt his chances. In all probability it likely ruined his chances to ever start at Auburn.

    Recall I really believed Woody had a chance to be a starter but seeing how things have gone….it seems unlikely.

    • DBAU81 says:

      Exactly. Not arriving until summer may not have been fatal (recall Nick Marshall was a summer enrollee, too – but unlike Woody, he wasn’t competing against any returning QB’s) but it definitely put him behind the other guys.

    • SEC_Eric SEC_Eric says:

      Changing coordinators also probably worked against him too. Lashlee was his recruiter and the guy who sold him on being a starter at Auburn, and now he’s gone. Sounds like Lindsey is not as high on him.

  8. Col.Angus Col.Angus says:

    Well kudos to Woody for making a decision sooner rather than later. I thought he would try to compete for the job this summer but he clearly sees the writing on the wall and doesn’t feel good about displacing Willis as the heir to the job.
    Good luck to him in the future, hopefully somewhere he won’t make Gus look like a doofus for not playing him.

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  10. Tiger4Life says:

    Get back here Queen…lol